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Peter Pears is a partner in the Banking & Finance practice of the London office. He acts for issuers and underwriters on a range of domestic and international capital markets products including Eurobond, medium term note, commercial paper, regulatory capital, corporate hybrid and liability management transactions. Peter's clients include financial institutions, major corporations, sovereigns, municipalities and supranationals across Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia. Peter has considerable experience in sustainable debt and ESG principles and regularly advises on green, social and sustainable bonds, sustainability-linked bonds and ESG regulatory matters. In addition to his debt capital markets practice, Peter has experience advising on a variety of infrastructure finance transactions, including project bonds, private placements and whole business securitizations.

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On 14 May 2024, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“) published its final report on “Guidelines on funds’ names using ESG or sustainability-related terms” (the “Guidelines“). The Guidelines aim to provide fund managers with clear and measurable criteria to assess their ability to use ESG and/or sustainability-related terms

On 23 April 2024, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA“) published its “Finalised non‑handbook guidance on the Anti‑Greenwashing Rule (FG/24/3)” (the “Guidance“). The FCA has published the Guidance to help in-scope firms understand and comply with the anti-greenwashing rule, which will come into effect on 31 May 2024.

Background

The anti-greenwashing rule is

On 28 November 2023, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority published its “Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (“SDR“) and investment labels” policy statement (PS23/16) (the “Policy Statement”). The Policy Statement introduces a set of new rules aimed at tackling greenwashing, including investment product sustainability labels and restrictions on how terms like “ESG”, “green” and “sustainable”

In this MB Microtalk video, Mayer Brown’s Peter Pears discusses the European Union’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (the “CSRD”). The directive, which for many companies applies from as early as 1 January 2024, creates detailed sustainability reporting requirements, which may apply for both EU and non-EU companies.

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The EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (“CSRD“) entered into force on 5 January 2023 and the associated European Sustainability Reporting Standards (“ESRS“) were adopted by the European Commission on 31 July 2023. Together, the CSRD and ESRS create detailed sustainability reporting requirements that will apply to a significant number of EU

On 11 July 2023, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a public statement on sustainability disclosure in prospectuses.

The statement is addressed to the National Competent Authorities (NCAs) to promote coordinated action regarding sustainability-related disclosure included in prospectuses under current legislation. While the statement is addressed to NCAs, ESMA have said that its

The risk of an accusation of “greenwashing” is now an important concern for many companies. Greenwashing is an ill-defined concept but, nevertheless, is increasingly a source of litigation and regulatory scrutiny – with more of both expected. It carries with it reputational, regulatory and litigation risks for which companies should be prepared. Whilst the risks

In this briefing, we take a look at the EU Green Bond Standard.

The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament recently announced that provisional agreement on the European Green Bond Standard had been reached. The consolidated legal text is now widely available and can be viewed here along with a blackline against

Sustainability-Linked Bonds: Some practical considerations for documenting and structuring transactions

In this briefing, we take a look at sustainability-linked bonds (“SLBs”), which have fast become an important feature of the sustainable finance market. According to Climate Bonds Initiative, SLB issuance reached US$76.3 billion in 2022, and we have seen an increasingly wide variety of corporate

Welcome to the first edition of our Capital Markets: Insight series – our view on the important topics and trends affecting the debt capital markets.

In this briefing, we take a look at the basics of “Reverse Yankees” – when and why they might be an attractive funding choice and the documentary options for coming